Student Experience

Extended-length, hands-on experience

Southcentral Foundation provides limited opportunities for students to train with medical providers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienist, nurses, certified medical assistants and more in an extended-length, hands-on experience.

At SCF, students will:

  • Build relationships with the Alaska Native/American Indian community in Alaska
  • Work closely with providers who are experienced in the area of whole-person wellness and relationship-based care
  • See firsthand how SCF integrates health care workers from various disciplines and specializations into high-performing teams, and work alongside these teams
  • Observe and contribute to the operation of one of the world’s leading health care organizations

If you are interested in a student opportunity, please submit an application. Once you have submitted an application, an SCF employee will follow up with you regarding your request.

Please be advised that housing and transportation are not provided for Student and Observer Experiences at Southcentral Foundation.


Who should I contact if I have any questions?

You can contact the Student Experience Program at or 907-729-6850

When can I expect to receive a decision on my application after I submit it?

The Student Experience team will notify you via e-mail within a month of the department’s decision.

My school does not have an Affiliation Agreement with Southcentral Foundation. How long does that take to establish?

Affiliation Agreements can take up to three months to establish with a school. You will be unable to start your rotation until this has been completed. If credentialing is needed, this cannot be started until after the Affiliation Agreement is completed.

Who needs to be credentialed?

Medical Students, Nurse Practitioner Students, Physician Assistant Students, and Residents. Once you have been approved for a rotation, credentialing can take 4-6 weeks to complete.

Which immunizations are required for a student rotation or observation experience at Southcentral Foundation?

The following immunizations are required for student rotation. Please be prepared to provide documentation.

  1. Tuberculosis (date of last test needs to be within last 12 months)
  2. Varicella (2 vaccines or proof of immunity)
  3. Hepatitis B Series (3 vaccines or proof of immunity)
  4. MMR (2 Vaccines or proof of immunity)
  5. Tdap

Southcentral Foundation provides a wide range of health and wellness services for Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and nearby villages. We also provide regional support to residents of 55 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit. SCF’s Nuka System of Care is created, managed and owned by Alaska Native people.

We are currently transitioning our student application system and ask that you check back in mid-May to apply. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For questions, please call (907) 729-6850 or email